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24 June 2021

Welcome to Sailonline’s racing in tall ships 2021 which sees the eleventh season of our association with Sail Training International. With the global pandemic still interfering in all things on-water, sadly 2021 will again see a high degree of flexibility in the programme of tall ships racing and it is expected that some, but hopefully not all, of our usual partnered races may have to be raced purely in virtual tall ships. Last year saw an influx of tall ships aficionados with truly competitive skills, challenging the best of our virtual top-guns, so if/as/when any of STI’s events are made virtual only, we can again expect to be challenged on our virtual waters by the crews and skippers of real tall ships!

Sailonline is running one Tall Ships series this year comprising a total of 7 races (allowing one discard). The seven races will be:

1. Sailonline’s Baltic Tall Ships - Race 1 – Klaipeda to Turku
2. Sailonline’s Baltic Tall Ships - Race 2 – Tallinn to Mariehamn
3. Sailonline’s Baltic Tall Ships - Race 3 – Mariehamn to Sczcecin
4. The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano Series - Race 1 – Falmouth to A Coruña
5. The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano Series - Race 2 – Lisbon to Cadiz
6. SCF White Sails of Peace Tall Ships Regatta - Race 1 – S Korea to Japan
7. SCF White Sails of Peace Tall Ships Regatta - Race 2 – Japan to Russia

As has become our custom, where a real Tall Ships series would include a Cruise-in-Company – a nice way of indicating that the ships are generally stooging around, swapping crews for shared experience and dropping into selected local ports along a coastline – we will be taking a break!

This virtual sailing experience runs hand in hand with Sail Training International's mission - the development and education of young people through the sail training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. Sail Training International and Sailonline both count heavily on volunteer support with financial gain excluded from the equation.

There are four classes of Tall Ship in the real races, ranging from the biggest Class A Square Rigged ships of more than 40m in length, down to training yachts of 9.14m. Sailonline has developed performance polars based on published data for several different tall ships, and usually races to compete against real Class A ships. If you are more accustomed to sailing, or not at all, the experience of racing a Tall Ship with its hugely tricky windward performance is truly challenging so the sooner you register to race on Sailonline and learn the technical basics of how to navigate and steer any boat, the better you will be when we start our Tall Ships Series 2021!

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PAC6 Honolulu to Wellington 2021
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SSANZ Race Delta 2021

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Gulf Run 2021
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Isla del Sol Re-Run 2021
Scanning the globe for special sprint locations, our intrepid course designer Renegade came across Isla del Sol in the middle of the world's highest navigable body of water, Lake Titicaca. We tried to race around it last month, but at 3812m above sea level, comms to our boats broke down for a little while, and our SRC decided to abandon the race, so we are running it again: 26nm RTI in "how-did-we-get-them-here?" Fox 9.50s.
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China Coastal Race 2021


Racing in reality around the world is tough during a global pandemic and RHKYC's calendar is having to be flexible too so instead of a run to Vietnam, welcome to a competitive coastal race inside Hong Kong waters - 97nm in TP52s against the local fleet!
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Virtual PIC Coastal Classic Yacht Race 2021


Welcome! Kia Ora! to Auckland, New Zealand, and Sailonline's annual multihull race against the NZ Multihull Yacht Club competitors over 118nm from Auckland to Russell. Sadly, COVID19 restrictions mean the real race will not be running, but we welcome real racers to our virtual event where we are racing our 60ft trimarans in this testing event in the endlessly varying conditions off the east coast of North island. As is tradition, a hearty breakfast of bacon butties and rum will welcome yachties on their arrival.
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ESRW6 Singapore to Kuwait 2021
Join us as we embark on our final leg(6) of the fabulous ESRW round the equator race series, this time onboard the speedy 90 foot Monohull as we wind our way out of the Malacca Strait and across the Indian Ocean 3000nm to Kuwait. It'll be steamy all the way!
PRIZE: SMPF
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